Running . . . Prompt #710

Running away or running to? Have you ever wanted to run away? Did you run away? Why? Where did you go? Or: Did you have an ancestor who “rode the rails?” If you were to be a hobo, carrying all your belongings in a kerchief tied to a stick, what would you have in the sack? Or maybe you would have a knapsack. Research shows: A female hobo is a boette. A hobo is a migrant worker in the United States.  Hoboes, tramps and bums are generally regarded as related, but distinct: A hobo travels and is willing to work; a tramp travels, but avoids work if possible; and a bum neither travels nor works. Be careful when you call a vagrant or homeless person a hobo — although this is exactly what the word means, it is a somewhat offensive term. Why yes, perhaps I went down the rabbit hole with researching! Thanks…


I just want to . . . Prompt #709

Today’s writing prompt: I just want to . . . If you have been following this blog, The Write Spot, you know what to do with this prompt. If you are new to this blog or new to freewrites, here are some posts about freewrites: Freewrites Another post about freewriting: “Natalie Goldberg talks about writing practice” “Freewrites: Opening Doors to Discoveries” How to Write Without Adding Trauma A freewrite, using the prompt I just want to . . . Just Write!


Wants In a World of Plenty

Memorable writing that sparks imagination. Lean in. Hear the writer’s voice on the page. Wants In a World of Plenty By DSBriggs I just want to…   Laugh aloud. Stay Alive. Keep learning. Keep mobile. Keep learning to let go. Keep loving.   I just want to…   Shout at the Government. Shout at prejudice. Shout at stupidity. Shout at injustice. Shout at the mess.   I just want to…   See Children playing. Hear laughing. Taste warm bread. Smell fresh rain in the forest. Touch my dog’s velvety ears.   I just want to …   Accept the pain that comes with death of loved ones. Accept that I do the best I know how. Accept help graciously as I age. Accept that my way is only one way of many. Accept forgiveness.  Accept that some things are unforgivable.   I just want to:   Continue to write, and be a…


One of those times . . . Prompt #708

Remember back to your teenage years. Full of promise and full of hope for fun. Hope that special someone notices you. Looking forward to fun times. Hope you won’t get caught doing whatever you weren’t supposed to be doing. Because this was a time to take risks, to sneak past authority, to try new behavior. Prompt: Write about one of those times . . . that you got away with something you shouldn’t have been doing.


Teens and Cars . . . Prompt #707

Write about your first car, or your friend’s first car. Make, Model, Year. Bench Seat? Stick shift? What was special about this car? Did you cruise Main Street? Or El Camino Real? Or The Boulevard? Did you drag race . . .  on The Great Highway or a lonesome stretch of road? Not your family drive-in movies . . . did you go on dates to the drive-in? Write about a car and car activities, especially the ones that took place during your teen years.

Book Reviews

Tangled by Blood

Reviewed by Marlene Cullen “Tangled by Blood, a Memoir in Verse” by Rebecca Evans opens with the powerful “I wanted to be your womb,” letting us know this is a manifesto of bold writing. Unveiling her truth in poetic form offers a lyrical quality to her candid and extremely personal stories, revealing a heart that will not be shattered, a voice that will not be shuttered, and a resilience to be admired. Strong writing, impressive abilities, and remarkable insights, Evans shares her journey with integrity, honesty, and unflinching intelligence. “Tangled by Blood” is a treatise to be read and re-read, picking up different nuances with each reading. Available on Amazon. Rebecca Evans’ work reflects, among many things, fractured relationships. This fracturing influences every subsequent relationship—carrying scars and wounds throughout one’s life. Evans weaves disability, domestic violence, and a fight for survival throughout her narratives, hoping to start conversations, create awareness,…

Places to submit

The RavensPerch

From the founder, Gretna Wilkinson, Ph.D.: The RavensPerch is an online international literary and visual arts magazine. We welcome established as well as emerging writers, tomorrow’s stars. TRP is unique in that the platform brings the literary world together across generations: a home for adults, young adults and children. We publish poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art. We are interested in writing that makes us react — all the way from calmly to boisterously. We even give you permission to break our hearts and make us ask for more. Thank you, Dave Seter, for letting me know about The RavensPerch. Dave has four poems in the February 9, 2023 issue.